What are the causes of thinning hair?
Our hair grows in various stages. This growth cycle consists of anagen (the growth phase), catagen (transition phase), telogen (resting phase). The cycle lasts for a few years for each hair strand. Hair loss is completely normal after the telogen phase, people lose around 50-100 hairs a day which will grow back when the cycle restarts.
If you’re experiencing hair loss that’s unusual, or you start noticing bald patches and clumps of hair falling out that are gradually exposing the scalp, you should contact our team. The causes of thinning hair can be varied and can appear on the crown or in the frontal area.
- The most common causes of thinning hair
- At what age does our hair start thinning?
- How to tell if you’re losing too much hair
- What is Alopecia?
- Are there ways to thicken my thinning hair?
- Washing hair every day causes thinning hair?
The most common causes of thinning hair
Male and female pattern hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss with more than half of all men experiencing it to some degree in their lifetime.
There are different causes of hair thinning and hair loss, these include:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Medical Conditions: Alopecia Areata, Thyroid conditions and Lupus
- Nutritional deficiencies
At what age does our hair start thinning?
For men, 25% start to lose hair by the time they are 30 years old. Thinning hair usually starts with either a receding hairline or thinning at the crown of the head. One of the causes of thinning hair is the high levels of DHT (the hormone that makes hair follicles shrink).
Women’s hair generally starts to thin in their 50s and 60s and the thinning occurs around the parting and gets wider. When the hair is pulled or tied back, you can see more of the scalp.
How to tell if you’re losing too much hair
Perform a pull test, start with a small area of clean, dry hair and run your fingers through it, tugging gently once you get to the end of your hair strands. If more than two or three hairs are left in your hand, you’ll need a consultant to determine the cause of your thinning hair. No more than 10 hairs per 100 strands should be coming out.
Blood tests can also determine if there are any hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies causing thinning hair.
How do you stop hair from thinning? Is it reversible?
Treatment for thinning hair will depend on the underlying cause. Genetics can influence whether an individual has hereditary hair loss. Unfortunately, this type of hair loss means hair won’t grow back on its own.
Stress-related hair loss is usually temporary and can grow back over time. It can be managed through relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, exercise, looking after your mental health and eating a balanced diet.
Hair thinning due to hormonal imbalances is temporary and it’s difficult to predict when the hair will start growing back. Telogen Effluvium is a type of hair loss caused by stress, dietary deficiencies, hormonal changes and medications.
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a condition where hair is lost from some or various areas of the body. There are different types of alopecia and types of hair loss:
- Traction Alopecia: This is caused by continuous pulling of the hair, typically due to tight hairstyles. If traction alopecia is identified early, it can be treated however the hair growth depends on if there is any permanent damage to the hair follicles.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a number of changes to prevent hair loss due to tight hairstyles.
- Alopecia Areata: An autoimmune disease where cells in the immune system surround and attack your hair follicles. The condition can result in total hair loss, called alopecia Universalis, which can stop hair from growing back.
A hair transplant is an effective way to restore a full head of hair if alopecia areata causes thinning hair. Hairs are taken from unaffected areas of the head and transplanted to the thinning areas.
- Alopecia Totalis: Hair loss occurs across the entire scalp.
- Alopecia Universalis: This type of hair loss occurs on the entire scalp as well as the face and the rest of the body.
- Diffuse Alopecia Areata: This is a sudden and unexpected thinning of the hair all over the scalp.
- Ophiasis Alopecia: A form of alopecia where hair loss occurs at the sides and lower back of the scalp. This type of alopecia does not respond quickly to treatments.
- Androgenetic alopecia: The most common form of hair loss. It is also known as male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness.
With pattern hair loss, the hair falls and usually does not grow back. Furthermore, alopecia can be unpredictable as the hair may start growing back at any time, but it might fall out again.
Are there ways to thicken my thinning hair?
Drugs like Finasteride and Minoxidil are clinically proven to reverse the causes of thinning hair. However, these treatments only work for as long as they’re used.
To prevent hair from thinning as you age it’s important to have a proper hair care routine. Make sure you’re limiting heat damage, using hair tools and accessories wisely, use the correct products for your hair and you’re eating a good diet.
- Get regular haircuts: Make sure to schedule regular cuts every six weeks to keep hair healthy and get rid of damaged ends.
- Take vitamins for healthy hair: Biotin, Zinc, Niacin, Collagen, Iron and Vitamins B, C, D and E are all essential to reduces the causes of thinning hair. Dr Balwi’s Biotin and Keratin supplements are designed to strengthen hair follicles and prevent hair loss.
- Use the correct hair care products: Use shampoos and conditioners that contain vitamins, minerals and special active ingredients that nourish and strengthen the hair.
- Try an aloe vera treatment: aloe vera treatments are extremely moisturising, cooling and have a number of benefits from soothing the scalp to providing relief for itchy scalps and sunburn.
Washing hair every day causes thinning hair?
If you wash your hair too much, shampoo can strip the important oils away from the scalp and leave the hair dry. However, as long as you’re using suitable shampoos with natural ingredients, washing your hair is harmless.
How often should you wash thinning hair?
There are no set rules, as long as you are using products that are nourishing and beneficial to the scalp and hair growth. People with a dry scalp often need less washing, once or twice a week will do.
Additionally, in order to preserve the scalp’s natural oils, it’s important to keep hair moisturised. Medical conditions such as eczema may get worse with frequent hair washing, therefore natural, non-irritating products should be used. Whereas those with oily hair or scalp may choose to shampoo every other day.
What is the most effective cure for hair thinning and loss?
Whilst there are a number of medications and temporary solutions to reverse the causes of thinning hair, hair transplants are the only long-term solution. Hair transplants effectively reverse thinning hair, with fewer side effects compared to medication.
In the long run, hair transplants are also cost-effective as it’s a one-time procedure. With other forms of treatment, it’s a case of “trial and error” to find a good product. Therefore this can end up becoming quite costly as you make your way through more and more products.
Hair can naturally thin and fall out as we age and this type of hair loss can often be prevented. However, there are certain circumstances in which thinning hair cannot be prevented such as alopecia areata. Hair transplants are the most effective remedy for all types of thinning and hair loss.
Do you have more questions or are you suffering from hair loss issues ? Then feel free to to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries.
Furthermore they can also offer a free and non binding hair analysis. So don’t hesitate if you want to benefit from Dr. Balwi and Elithairtransplant’s expertise for a successful and affordable hair transplant in Turkey !